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Martien Antoon Jansen

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Born : August 29, 1905
Deceased : March 28, 1983

Bishop of Rotterdam, 1956-19709

Arms of Martien Antoon Jansen

Official blazon


The red field with the black pale refer to Amsterdam, where the bishop was born. The golden cross is a general Christian symbol.

The hammer in base refers to the profession of his father, a cooper.

The tulip is a symbol for the South Holland province, famous for its tulips, as the diocese covers the province. The tulip also refers to the motto, Omina in Luce Clarescunt (Everything shines in the light), as the tulip will open under the rays of the sun. It thus refers to the light and power of God.

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Literature : Katholiek Archief, April 27, 1956